Mearns Kirk church celebration

THE bicentenary of Mearns Kirk Parish Church was marked by a recent civic reception attended by special guests.

Session clerk Marje Gillies, Mrs Carmichael, provost Carmichael, minister Joe Kavanagh, Mrs Violet Kavanagh, assistant session clerk Eleanor Boyd and her husband Peter.

Hosted by East Renfrewshire provost Alastair Carmichael, over 150 attended the event last week, including the congregation and invited members of the community.

It was just one event in what has been a year-long celebration of two centuries of worship — as detailed in The Extra recently.

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The provost made a short speech outlining the church’s history and pivotal role in the community in providing spiritual solace for two hundred years.

He congratulated minister Joe Kavanagh and his parishioners on the church’s 200th year, and presented them with a crystal vase on behalf of East Renfrewshire council to commemorate the occasion.

Provost Carmichael said: “This is a joyous day.

“This is a day we give thanks to those who over the many, many decades kept the faith and worked effortlessly to maintain Mearns Kirk parish church as a place of worship for the residents of this part of East Renfrewshire.

“Mearns Kirk is an integral part of the history and life of this parish and I am certain it will continue to grow and flourish in the years ahead.”

Entertainment was provided by music teacher Ken Blackwood and members of the Scottish Youth Orchestra for all invited guests to